congratulating Sarah Horowitz Gorelik upon the occasion of celebrating her 104th Birthday

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION congratulating Sarah Horowitz Gorelik upon the
occasion of celebrating her 104th Birthday

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to
the increasingly active roles they play in today's society; their past
contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and valuable
asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and
WHEREAS, Born on May 7, 1909, in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrants
Nathan and Sophie Horowitz, Sarah Horowitz entered kindergarten speaking
only Yiddish; at the age of 12, when children of immigrants were often
obliged to abridge their education and join the workforce, Sarah's
teachers convinced her parents their daughter was unusually talented and
should continue her education; and
WHEREAS, She attended Girls High School and later graduated from Hunt-
er College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology; learning
and education would remain Sarah's life-long pursuit; and
WHEREAS, At the age of 19, Sarah married Dr. Aaron Gorelik, a pioneer
in open-heart surgery; she raised her two children, Elihu and Rena, in a
Bronx apartment where she lived with her parents; today, she is the
proud grandmother of six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, Over the years, Sarah Horowitz Gorelik opened her home to
those in need, among them, Jewish refugees who fled Nazi-occupied
Europe; she devoted her life to teaching and all who have come to know
Sarah have been awed by her infinite curiosity; and
WHEREAS, As her family grew, so did her commitment to sharing her
knowledge with others, especially young people; Sarah Horowitz Gorelik
has tutored her own children, her grandchildren, and the children of
neighbors and friends; many can say that it is due to the hours spent
with "Ema," as all know her, that algebraic formulations grew fascinat-
ing, as did chemistry and physics experiments, Greco-Roman mythology,
Italian opera, and Jewish history and literature, to name just a few of
Sarah's interests; and
WHEREAS, Her success rate in helping so many struggling students pass
the New York State Regents, and with high scores, was impeccable; to
this day, Sarah Horowitz Gorelik continues to work with students, read
voraciously, stay current with the ever-changing world of science, and
do her own taxes; and
WHEREAS, Sarah Horowitz Gorelik does all this without a computer or
any other technological gadget; her tools, an inquiring mind and a book,
have served her well; and
WHEREAS, At the amazing age of 104, Sarah Horowitz Gorelik is a model
for all citizens who seek to leave a legacy of learning, teaching, and
generosity; and
WHEREAS, This exceptional centenarian, with her zest for life, has
inspired and enhanced the lives of her family and friends; she has expe-
rienced the incredible joys and sorrows characteristic of and reserved
for those with the stamina and courage to savor a full life; and
WHEREAS, This beloved woman has enriched the lives of those around her
through her joyous and sincere love for others and through the quiescent
charm and wisdom which comes only from a fullness of years; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this Legislative Body to publicly recog-
nize those who have reached such a remarkable age and who have witnessed
and celebrated the innovations, cultural developments and awesome
achievements of this country during the last century, while themselves
contributing to the growth and excellence of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Sarah Horowitz Gorelik upon the occasion of her 104th
Birthday; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Sarah Horowitz Gorelik.


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